Summitted via west slope with some drizzle then snow flurry as we were leaving the summit. Terrible slog up and down but wonderful view north to Dusy Basin!
Hiked the High Route and decided to detour into Ionian Basin. This marked the beginning of that detour. A huge reward for surprisingly little effort. A must-do side trip for anyone that finds themselves in this area.
Took me about an hour to ascend from Helen Lake. The views from the summit were the highlight of my 13-day JMT hike.
Was camped at Lake 11828 to begin a spectacular long weekend in Ionian Basin. On day 2 climbed Charybdis, McDuffie, and Black Giant, up the south slopes of Black Giant after ascending and descending the north ridge of McDuffie, then down via Black Giant Pass (be sure to descend all the way to the pass to avoid the cliffs if you follow this route). Had some hail on top but still great views.
Cool exposure and drop off on other side of peak
Pretty walk up with light snow dusting from the day before.
did it with Charybdis
Easy walk-up; with Charybdis
With Sean (below) and a handful of others on day 3 of the Challenge. Trip Report
Daytrip from Lake Sabrina. Bonus peak for 2009 Sierra Challenge.
Climbed with my dad during a hike of the John Muir Trail. Awesome views! For some good pictures from the summit click here and click through the next 10 or so pictures.
It started as a 7-day trip over Lamarck Col and through Evolution to bag up to 10 peaks. It rained everyday, but cleared long enough to get Black Giant. Nice and sunny the day we packed out, though - figures. Another memorable trip with Patty R.
Black Giant/Charybdis dayhike out of Lake Sabrina via Echo Col. Very nice views from this one.
Echo Col is a bit tricky to cross from west to east--I couldn't locate the correct notch, and spent way too long (like 3 hrs too long) trying to find my darned axe/crampons, which I'd left up at the pass in the morning... oops.
From Black Giant Pass after climbing Charybdis. Easy 40 minute hike. Peak #11 on JMT adventure.
Mike Schwartz and I climbed Black Giant via the gentle west slope on backcountry ski gear, on a beautiful sunny day with almost no wind. We switched from skis to crampons for the final 500 feet and summited in early afternoon. Then descended a steep narrow couloir to the unnamed lake between BG and Charybdis. As you look south from BG's summit, from left to right, there is a saddle in the south ridge which can easily be skied to the aforementioned lake; then to skier's right of that are two steep narrow couloirs with sheer rock walls; to skier's right of that again are some patchy rock and snow areas; then to skier's right again lies Black Giant Pass. Both the couloir we skied and the one next to it held continuous snow in the range of 40 to 45 degrees and it was in great "corn" condition. In a snow year heavy enough to fill these chutes, I'd definitely recommend skiing either of them.
The top of the chute we skied is visible in this image.
From Black Giant Pass on way to Ionian Basin.
Climbed during a weeklong solo trip in 1998
I climbed this with my friend Neva after dinner in the evening. There are some wonderful views from the top! We were fortunate because the weather mostly cooperated, despite rains earlier and during the previous three days. This was day 5 of a 9 day backpacking trip.